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talk poster Nov 2019 websmOur next meeting features an illustrated talk by Andrew Bower on New Hall, Castleton: a late Medieval house demolished in the 1890s the remains of which are mostly below ground being re-discovered by archaeology. This talk looks at the pictorial evidence from various sources which should prove fascinating in helping us understand what the building looked like.  

November 2018:  The People of Castleton during the War

This display of photos and information demonstrated how the war impacted the lives of many families in the Village and attracted much interest from visitors, in particular on Remembrance Sunday when a manned display offered the opportunity to handle a variety of artefacts such as cigarette boxes, engraved with a message from the Parish Council, given to local service men.  Photos below.


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The Origins and Survival of Castleton Garland Ceremony

Frank Roberts’ film, which was shown on Thursday 15 November, takes a wide-ranging look at the origins of the Garland ceremony and similar traditions elsewhere. He describes the people involved from the early days, highlights the adaptations which evolved over time and examines the possibilities for the future.  The film is well worth a second viewing and is available on YouTube until Christmas by following this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZKPGWxGZJA

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The Derbyshire village of Castleton developed as a settlement in the 12th century when the Norman fortress of Peveril Castle was built there. It lies in the Peak District National Park, the oldest National Park in the UK.  Castleton Historical Society was founded in 1973 as a voluntary group with the aim of researching and promoting the history of the Village through a programme of events, displays and talks.  This website provides information about our meetings, research activities, publications, events and The Castleton Museum for which CHS is responsible.  New members are always welcome.

The Castleton Museum is an accredited museum housed at Castleton Visitor Centre, Buxton Rd. The Centre is a joint partnership between The Peak District National Park Authority and CHS and has just been re-opened after a major refurbishment.  The Museum has also been redesigned with a new layout, displays and a wall size screen for digital presentations.

You can find the Visitor Centre here  Castleton Visitor Centre


Visit the CHS Blog for our latest news, including the Castleton Dig Diary.